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Indoor Air Quality in Rental Properties: A Landlord/Tenant Guide

When you think of air pollution, what image comes to mind? Emissions from car exhausts? Factories spewing thick smoke into the air? But did you know that indoor air quality or air pollution within the homes we live in is becoming a pressing national issue?

This is a result of the way our homes are built; houses are constructed to be able to restrict the free flow of air into and out of the building. This design helps to regulate indoor temperature but also has some unintended consequences.

Air pollutants released within the home tend to stay within it. And there are many potential sources of air pollution in a modern home. If any of these exist in the home, the chances that the substances will be dispersed after they are released are slim.

Consequently, the air in your home may contain between 2 and 100 times more pollutants than outside air. This is made worse by the fact that we spend vast amounts of time indoors. As much as 90% of our lives are spent inside one building or another.

What are the consequences of breathing this pollution-laden air? What are these sources of air pollution inside the home? What can you do to remove them or minimize their impact on your health?

Maintaining indoor air quality in a rental property

Indoor air quality challenges are harder to resolve in a rental home than in an owner occupied home because responsibility is not easily assigned in a rental. In order to resolve indoor air quality problems, landlords and tenants must find ways to cooperate.

Common indoor air pollutants

These are the air pollutants that landlords and tenants are most likely to be dealing with in a rental home.

  • Mold and dampness: Mold and excessive moisture in the home are closely-linked problems. They are associated with many respiratory conditions. Dealing with high-ambient moisture can help to prevent or solve any problems with mold.
  • Lead or lead-based paints: In the past, lead used to be a major additive in the paint. But the chemical has been banned because it is poisonous when inhaled or ingested. However, in many old homes, lead can still be found hiding behind the layers of old paint under the new coats of paint.
  • Pests and pesticides: Pests lower indoor air quality, but the pesticides we use against pests can affect indoor air quality even more. Aerosols used to kill cockroaches and other bugs linger in the air and adhere to fabric and surfaces for weeks after they are used.
  • Secondhand smoke: Non-smokers who inhale smoke from tobacco products are exposed to the around 7,000 chemicals that exist in an average stick of cigarette. This has been linked to stroke, heart disease, and lung disease in children and others. The simple way to deal with this is to avoid tobacco smoke inside the home.
  • Radon: Radon is a naturally-occurring gas that is formed deep within the earth, but can leak upwards and into homes. Radon is radioactive and the second-leading cause of lung cancer. If the soil over which a home is built has significant radon concentrations, the gas will enter the home through cracks and openings.
  • Miscellaneous pollutants: Other common sources of indoor air pollution include: formaldehyde in wood products, chemicals used in the manufacture of certain fabrics, personal care products (hair and body sprays), and asbestos in old insulation. Each of these, when present in the home, can endanger the health of the occupants.

For landlords: How to solve the problem

Below are some of the steps property owners can take to minimize the problem of poor indoor air quality in their rental properties.

  • Remove all asbestos-based insulation from their building.
  • Use pest-elimination methods that don’t introduce harmful chemicals into the home; implementing an integrated pest management solution is recommended.
  • Test the air quality regularly to identify and resolve issues before they become problematic.
  • Eliminate sources of high ambient moisture such as leaky pipes and stagnant water around the home.
  • Address radon contamination and remove lead-based paint before putting a home on the market.
  • Implement a system for monitoring indoor air quality through the tenant lease agreement.

For tenants: How to solve the problem

Although tenants may not be able to do anything about some of the potential sources of air pollution in a home they are renting, they can do the following:

  • Ask if a landlord has taken care of any asbestos, lead, radon, and mold problems in the home before moving in and ensure this is contained in the contract.
  • Make sure the landlord has in place a system for routine testing of the indoor air quality of the home.
  • Discuss steps to report and resolve issues when they occur, as well as, a system for documenting the problem.
  • Avoid the use of chemical pesticides in the home altogether or restrict their use to well-ventilated areas.
  • Use a high-efficiency vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  • Install fans in high moisture areas to remove moisture and prevent mold.
  • Always have the stove fan turned on when using the cooktop space.
  • Never hesitate to contact the landlord about any problems.

There you have it, how to ensure that the indoor quality in your rental is safe for you and your tenant.

3 Ways to Afford A New Air Conditioning System

3 Ways to Afford A New Air Conditioning System

Your air conditioning system went out in the middle of summer and your first thought is this,

“This is going to cost me a fortune!”

It’s no secret that HVAC systems are not cheap…or are they?

The system itself may be a bit costly, but that does not mean fixing or replacing your HVAC system has to be unaffordable. Most people do not even pay for them out of pocket immediately. Here are a few ways to finance your new AC system:

1. Bank Financing Options

Master Tech Service Corp has banking relationships with lenders that allow for very favorable financing options. Our customers have access to plans that offer up to 60 months of zero interest with equal monthly payments.

Bank financing options vary widely so you will need to assess your personal financial situation to understand what you qualify for.

2. Incentives for Energy Efficient Systems

Energy efficient systems are leading the charge in a more sustainable future, and not just because of the lower cost of operation. You will be able to make in impact on the environment as well as your pockets by switching to energy efficient HVAC units. Some customers find that their monthly energy savings more than cover the cost of their new HVAC system.

Ask us about how you can get up to $2,800 in ONCOR energy incentives.

3. Home Equity Line of Credit

Homeowners who have built up equity in their homes could also use a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) to finance the purchase of an HVAC system. This method is a sure way to raise the value of your home without having to come out of pocket immediately. It is of utmost importance that homeowners make on-time payments on this line of credit to ensure that they do not lose their home from defaulting.

In Summary

Replacing your HVAC system does not have to mean financial ruin. There are several inexpensive methods available to get your home back to feeling comfortable. Contact us today to ask about our promotional financing terms.

We’re Masters in HVAC If you’re worried about keeping your AC system running smoothly at all times, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 817-251-4455.

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3 Things Homeowners Should Know About Their Air Conditioning System

3 Things Homeowners Should Know About Their Air Conditioning System

Air conditioners are life savers when they are maintained and working well. Homeowners don’t need to be air conditioning specialists to enjoy the cool air, but it doesn’t hurt to know a few things that could help you keep your system running smoothly throughout the Texas summer. The following are a few notes to keep in mind:

1. Your Filter Should Be Changed Regularly

The filters in your air conditioning system should be replaced or cleaned at least once a month. If you own a commercial building that is particularly dusty or dirty, you may want to change them more frequently. A clean filter will make the air quality better and will also increase energy efficiency as the system will not have to work as hard to push air out.

2. Electrical Problems Account for Many Failures

More often than you think, a system failure is due to an electrical problem. When your system fails, leave the electrical work to the professionals. It could be a blown fuse, a blown capacitor, a tripped breaker, or another electrical problem, and a professional is best equipped to deal with those things.

3. You Do not Have to Run the System All Day

There are things you can do to keep from running your air conditioning system all day. For example, on a cool morning, crack the windows open instead of turning on your AC. When the sun goes down in the evening, crack the windows open again. This does not just let the cool night air in, it also allows the hot air to get out.

You also have the option of using the ceiling fan and other types of fans to cool your building. If your windows have curtains or blinds, make sure those are closed during the hours that the sun is shining directly into those particular windows.

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Be Doing Seasonal Maintenance on Your HVAC System

5 Reasons Why You Need to Be Doing Seasonal Maintenance on Your HVAC System

The middle of summer is not the time to have an air conditioning failure happen. Having regular maintenance done every year is going to be the difference between constant headaches, and peace of mind.

1. Save Money on Repair Costs
Maintenance schedules are determined in a way that minimizes the potential for failures. Staying up to date with the required maintenance on your heating unit will help you save money on full repairs. You’ll save much more money by doing the maintenance, and you’ll save on the headaches of unforeseen breakdowns.

2. Improve Overall Air Quality
It is very important to keep your furnace clean. Otherwise, you will have dust and debris flowing through your breathing air—and no one wants that! Your air filter is there to trap all of these things.

Replacing this filter regularly is important to keep your air quality high.

3. Decrease the risk of a carbon monoxide leak
Carbon monoxide leaks are very serious, and most people can’t tell when they are present. One way to stay cautious is to make sure your Carbon monoxide detector batteries are replaced with your normal heating maintenance.

4. Get Every Year Out of Your Equipment
Heating equipment is expensive and dealing with a breakdown or having to replace it can be quite costly. What’s worse is that the cost could happen all at once when you least expect it. By doing necessary heating maintenance, your equipment will last that much longer, allowing you to save on a replacement when you finally need it!

5. Increased Energy Efficiency
Heating maintenance is important for energy efficiency. Part of the maintenance is making sure that the moving parts are well lubricated. This prevents friction, causing unnecessary heat transfer and equipment wear.

By having an HVAC system that’s maintenance regularly, you will encounter much less energy waste, because it requires the system to use less energy to do the same job. Give the Masters in HVAC a call to make sure your maintenance is done by a professional contractor and reduce your headaches and expenses.

We’re Masters in HVAC

If you’re worried about keeping your AC system running smoothly at all times, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 817-251-4455.

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7 Ways to Survive the Texas Summer on a Budget

7 Ways to Survive the Texas Summer on a Budget

Master Tech Service Corp. knows exactly how hard it can be to stay cool in the summertime. We also know how tough that can be when you are working on a budget. So, what can you do to make sure that your family is safe and comfy in the Texas heat without increasing your electric bill?

One of the best and most efficient ways to save money in the summer is to make sure you have an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Did you know that properly cleaning your air filters will keep your HVAC system running smoothly and effectively lower your electricity bill? This happens by preventing dust and debris from blocking the vents in your home and prevent blockage of air. If your air filters are dirty, the AC system must work harder and use more energy to provide you with the same level of comfort.

It is best to hire a local contractor like Master Tech Service Corp. to help service your air conditioning system and make sure it is operating efficiently. Our certified technicians make sure that your outdoor coils are clean, we check voltage connections, and make sure the refrigerant is at proper levels.

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that you set your thermostat to 78°F (26°C) in the summer when you are home for maximum efficiency. If you still feel like warm at this temperature, consider running a ceiling fan at the same time as your AC system when you are in the room.

According to, here are 7 ways to stay cool without breaking the bank:

  • Use your windows to gain cool air and keep out heat
  • Operate your thermostat efficiently
  • Use fans and ventilation strategies to cool your home
  • Keep your cooling system running efficiently
  • Don’t heat your home with appliances and lighting
  • Keep hot air from leaking into your home
  • Lower your water heating costs

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    Masters in Indoor Air Quality

    Your Health and Safety Is Our Top Priority

    When you walk outside, you are exposed to over 1800 different types of bacteria floating through the air. Sounds like a reason to stay inside, right. Well considering that the average person spends 90% of their lives indoors means that the sentiment is shared. However, did you know that the same bacteria, viruses, contaminants can be found in our own home? What can you do about it? If you’ve ever shopped around for air purifiers, then you know that there are several different types. Some devices are only designed for a single room. Others are equipped to handle your entire home. We recommend choosing the latter to ensure that your family has zero worries when you walk into your safe space.

    The popular REME HALO® Whole-Home Air purifier includes benefits such as:

    • Dual ionizers reduce dust, dander, pollen, and mold
    • Kills up to 99% of bacteria, mold, and viruses
    • 3-foot sneeze “kill zone”
    • Eliminates unwanted odors
    • Hooks up to your existing central HVAC system
    • Hydrogen Peroxide plasma cell eliminates Volatile Organic Compounds(VOCs)

    Our Best Value system is the Honeywell UV Air Purifier which:

    • Deactivates airborne and surface contaminants like mold, bacteria, and viruses
    • Ultraviolet light addresses contaminants such as surface mold on your air conditioning coils
    • Helps improve overall air quality, comfort and HVAC efficiency in your home
    • Helps eliminate odors caused by pets, cooking and other sources

    Air purification systems not only make your home’s air cleaner, but they also provide you peace of mind in knowing that your family can live and breathe safely. For more details about our indoor air quality products, visit our IAQ page or give us a call at 817-251-4455. If you are looking for professional and experienced HVAC, Plumbing, and Indoor Air Quality technicians, don’t forget to call on the Masters.

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    Master Tech Service Corp Is Committed to You

    Your Health and Safety Is Our Top Priority

    The Master Tech Service Corp. family would like to send our love to everyone that has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic directly and indirectly. There has never been a more critical time for us to band together, and do our part to help flatten the curve. We can do this by continuing to practice social distancing and using discernment when having to leave our homes. The CDC outlines social distancing as “keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.“ To practice social distancing:
    • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people
    • Do not gather in groups
    • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
    We want you to know that Master Tech Service Corp. is here for you in these unprecedented times. If you are curious about additional steps you can take to protect your family, then we have something that you will love.

    To give DFW some peace of mind, we have decided to give away a Free REME HALO® Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifier with the purchase of a 16 SEER or above HVAC system. Testing has not been specifically performed on COVID-19 yet, but this air purifier has been thoroughly tested on other airborne and surface bacteria & viruses such as MRSA, e-coli, and Norwalk.

    This air purifier has been approved by the U.S. Military, USDA, and major cruise lines for its ability to deliver your family the cleanest air possible. Also, while portable units are confined to the rooms that they are placed in, the REME HALO® purifies your entire home without taking up any living space by integrating into your HVAC system.

    You can rest assured that Master Tech Service Corp. is using every precaution available before entering your home. A few extra steps our technicians are taking are:
    • Being pre-screened every morning for any COVID-19 symptoms
    • Washing their hands, or use hand sanitizer, before walking up to the home
    • Not shaking hands
    • Keeping their distance at the doorway
    • Wearing shoe covers, gloves (disposed of after every job), and a mask
    You can view the full statement released by our President & CEO here. These are just a few things we are doing to help you remember that Master Tech Service Corp is always in your corner. Customer Commitment is, and always will be one of our core values. So let’s get through this together DFW.